South East Queensland riders are invited to attend a major safety education display at Nerang this Sunday after a horror start to the year with eight motorcyclist deaths.
A safety display will be held at the Country Paradise Parklands on Nerang-Beaudesert Road from 8am-1pm on Sunday, February 19, 2017.
It follows on from several similar Operation North Upright police displays last year, but organiser Senior Constable Graeme Reeves of the Nerang Police Station says this year’s events will be slightly different.
“This promotional day will be a major upgrade to 2016’s sausage sizzle and coffee voucher days,” he says.
They will also include giveaways, radio interviews, bike stores stalls and local motorcycle club displays.
Members of the police, ambulance, and fire and emergency workers will be available to answer riders’ questions and show how radar gear, jaws of life and emergency equipment work.
Surveys and statistics
They will also conduct surveys to gain an insight into rider ages, riding experience and attitudes.
This comes as police reveal that men aged over 40 represent more than 75% of all rider deaths and that while riders account for 4% of road users, they accounted for a quarter of Queensland road deaths last year.
In the past, these displays have been accompanied by a high police presence in the coast and capital hinterland regions. However, this year may be different.
“The event is strictly promotional – no enforcement – to enhance rider safety in our patch,” Graeme says.
“You can assure your readers this event is for education purposes along with a good opportunity of a large number of riders that enjoy their Sunday ride to drop in for 10 minutes or as long as they want and mix with Emergency Services, other clubs and social riders.
“Although I state it is a promotional event, this is not a ‘Get out of Jail Card” for riders in the area.
“We are promoting safe riding practices and although there will be no targeted enforcement at this event, if local police see someone exceeding the speed limit in the hinterland then they can expect to get a ticket.